Luxury holidays in Segovia

Segovia is a place shrouded in legend. A quick chat with the locals will yield epic yarns and fantastical tales – a trait left over, perhaps, from its past life under Roman rule. Some say the city was founded by Hercules himself, and regardless of historical accuracy, it certainly looks the part. As if plucked from a fairytale, the province of Segovia is imperiously Castilian, with haughty mountain ranges and architecture to satisfy the most opulent of tastes. It’s said that Walt Disney modelled Cinderella’s castle on Segovia’s Alcázar, the imposing medieval fortress whose Gothic turrets loom over the city’s lush green belt. In the historic centre, it’s impossible to ignore the Aquaduct, a gargantuan feat of Roman engineering called ‘the devil’s bridge’ locally. Elsewhere in the province, the Gorges of the Duratón River and the Hayedo de Tejera Negra nature reserve are home to majestic birds of prey, offering tranquil escapes for nature lovers. For some romance, head to Ayllón and Pedraza for dreamy medieval squares, ornate terracotta facades and a taste of small-town Castilian charm.

When to go

Unlike Spain’s southerly coast, Segovia offers milder climes, with temperatures hovering between 10–20 degrees. Visit in the summer for optimal sunshine, or autumn for rolling hills of burnt orange. Alternatively, April sees Segovia’s theatrical Easter processions, famous throughout Spain.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest international hub is Madrid-Barajas Airport. Direct flights arrive here from all major cities in the UK, Europe and the US. The journey from Madrid to Segovia city takes around 90 minutes by car.
  • Automobiles

    Driving is an excellent way to reach the smaller villages of the province, with routes flanked by Segovian mountains, but keep your eyes firmly on the road – a quick glance away could land you an €80 fine.